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DR Congo Troops, CODECO Rebels Clash In Ngongo, Mwanga Villages

There were violent clashes between the two sides last Saturday, Oct. 2 and Sunday, Oct. 3 in several villages.

Fierce fighting broke out early Wednesday morning, Oct. 6, between the DR Congo national army, FARDC, and rebels of the Coalition of Congolese Democrats (CODECO) in the villages of Ngongo and Mwanga situated 10 km to the northwest of Bunia town.

Heavy artillery detonations and light arms clattering can still be heard throughout the area since early this morning.

According to the military spokesperson in Ituri, Lt. Jules Ngongo, “the assailants tried to attack military positions of the FARDC but were seriously hit by a patrol of our forces.”

“Our men retaliated and continued to chase them right now. These militiamen of CODECO are running away from our retaliatory hits towards Lipri.”

There are no reports on casualty figures yet from both sides of the confrontation.

There were violent clashes between the two sides last Saturday, Oct. 2 and Sunday, Oct. 3 in several villages in the region especially in Ngongo, Lipri, Kunda, Nyangarayi and Tsili.

At least 20 persons were reported killed in the various clashes and corpses from the front have since arrived at the Bunia reference hospital mortuary.

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